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Limiting factor

Definition

noun, plural: + factors

A factor present in an environment that controls a process, particularly the growth, abundance or distribution of a population of organisms in an ecosystem.


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The concept is based upon the Law of the Minimum, which states that the functioning of an organism is controlled or limited by that essential environmental factor or combination of factors present in the least favorable amount that may not be continuously existing but only at some critical period of time.

The availability of food, water, nutrients, shelter, and predation pressure are examples of factors limiting the growth of a population size.


Synonym: limiting resource.


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... their parents, but that doesn't mean the genes aren't the determining factor. Just like your parents can both be blonde and you can have brown ... would be recognized as a difference caused by genetics, were such limiting environmental factors as food and routine medical care , to be removed ...

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Whats the definition for 'Limited Resource'.

Dont worry i got it, i just found it A factor present in an environment that controls a process, particularly the growth, ... food, water, nutrients, shelter, and predation pressure are examples of factors limiting the growth of a population size.

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silly question about community ecology?

... they were proved wrong due technological advancements) Food is one limiting factor Other usual factor is toxins... Hm i dont need to expand on that..

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